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Old Sep 26, '12, 3:53 pm
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NJ: Arbishop's Statement Causes Controversy
Same sex marriage, Abortion...

http://www.fios1news.com/longisland/node/19181

Archbishop John Myers of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has released a statement encouraging the more than one million Roman Catholics he leads to defend life and traditional marriage when they vote in November. The statement, released in the most recent issue of The Catholic Advocate, drew controversy over whether members of the church should be mixing religion and politics. FiOS1’s Kimberly Wallace reports.
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MODS, I tried to link to the Associated Press' article entitled "Archbishop asks voters, pols to defend marriage" that was printed in my local newspaper but conveniently the article doesn't show up in the search engines and this is the only news outlet I could find on the controversy online.

You can read the Archbishop's pastoral letters defending the sanctity of traditional marriage that are deemed so controversial at the links below. Also be sure to let his emminence know that he is doing a good job and that you admire his courage!

http://www.rcan.org/archbish/jjm_letters/jjmletters.htm

If anyone can find the article which was printed by the Jersey Journal, please post it. This is too important to let the secular throw it into obscurity... We need to defend and encourage our good Bishops!
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A Catholic Bishop supporting and encouraging the faithful to support Catholic teachings. How controversial.
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http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/25/485...es-voters.html

Not sure if it makes any difference, but here is the AP story the OP was looking for published in the Sacramento Bee.

Some newspapers used the Bishops' second line as their headline.

He urges Catholics who disagree with the Church's marriage policy to sit out communion.
(see article).
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http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/25/485...es-voters.html

Not sure if it makes any difference, but here is the AP story the OP was looking for published in the Sacramento Bee.

Some newspapers used the Bishops' second line as their headline.

He urges Catholics who disagree with the Church's marriage policy to sit out communion.
(see article).
And so they should. All catholics owe the obedience of faith to the Church's moral teaching. If they can't then they cannot take part in the sacrament which causes the body of Christ to be one with the communion of the faithful. To reject the Church's teaching is to reject Christ who, through the Spirit, guides the Church to all truth. The Church cannot error in matters of faith and morals.
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1,000 Pastors to Challenge IRS, Talk Politics From The Pulpit



More than 1,000 pastors will challenge the IRS on October 7 by preaching sermons that present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates.
In so doing, they will exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to engage in religious expression from the pulpit despite an Internal Revenue Service rule known as the Johnson Amendment that activist groups often use to silence churches by threatening their tax-exempt status.
Groups such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State have taken advantage of the vagueness of the tax law and have reported churches to the IRS in an attempt to remove their tax-exempt status. The organization has also sent threatening letters to church warning them not to allow election literature from pro-life groups to be distributed on their property.
The pastors are participating in Alliance Defending Freedom’s fifth annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday and the figure of 1,000 pastors doubles doubling last year’s participation. Registration continues until October 7, so the number continues to rise.
“Pastors should decide what they preach from the pulpit, not the IRS,” said Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley of ADF. “It’s outrageous for pastors and churches to be threatened or punished by the government for applying biblical teachings to all areas of life, including candidates and elections. The question is, ‘Who should decide the content of sermons: pastors or the IRS?’”




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http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/25/485...es-voters.html

Not sure if it makes any difference, but here is the AP story the OP was looking for published in the Sacramento Bee.

Some newspapers used the Bishops' second line as their headline.

He urges Catholics who disagree with the Church's marriage policy to sit out communion.
(see article).
Thank you for posting this. It's not the exact same wording as the article in my local newspaper but close enough.

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We need to pray for our bishops that they will continue to have the strength and fortitude to stand up for the truth this way. God Bless them!
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Christ's statements drew controversy also !
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A Catholic Bishop supporting and encouraging the faithful to support Catholic teachings. How controversial.
Agreed.

People who claim that this is controversial might as well claim that religions shouldn't be teaching their teachings...

Sounds like an attempt to gin up ratings or sales or whatever this media outlet needs....
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He stated Catholic teaching...big deal. Isn't that what he's supposed to do?

It's only when people feel that the Church is trying to use the force of civil law to require all Americans to follow that Catholic teaching that it becomes "controversial".
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I wonder how many of these people would have told the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr not to mix religion with politics.
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I wonder how many of these people would have told the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr not to mix religion with politics.
AMEN to that!

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I wonder how many of these people would have told the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr not to mix religion with politics.
That is always one of my favorite counters to these types of things. They seem to have no problem with him quoting scripture in defense of his values.
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His statement is not controversial
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He urges Catholics who disagree with the Church's marriage policy to sit out communion.
(see article).
Yes, if they disagree with the Church's marriage policy. What does that have to do with the state's marriage policy? I see them as two different things. If you say they are the same then why doesn't the Church recognize a civil marriage?
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